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Social Capital and Joint Forest Management Programme: A Comparative Study on Female-headed and Joint Forest Protection Committees in West Bengal

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  • Sarker, Debnarayan
  • Das, Nimai

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Under a framework for the measurement of social capital at the local decentralized institutions related to three sample female forest protection committees (FPCs) and three joint FPCs, where most of the members live below poverty line and are dependent on food-livelihood security from forest resources, in Bankura district of West Bengal, this paper examines whether social capital is important for the successful development outcomes in female FPCs compared with joint FPCs where women’s involvement is insignificant. This study suggests that the level of social capital is higher for all female FPCs because there already exists the tradition of community solidarity and more developed network of relationships based on cultural norms, absence or poor presence of traditional ascriptive hierarchies, endemic factionalism and common identity that contribute in building an inner dynamic of the development of social capital.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 14780.

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Date of creation: 2004
Date of revision: 2005
Publication status: Published in Journal of Rural Development 4.25(2006): pp. 537-563
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:14780

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Keywords: Social capital; Joint forest management programme (JFMP); Forest protection committees (FPCs); Bengal forest resource;

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  1. Barr, Abigail, 2000. "Social Capital and Technical Information Flows in the Ghanaian Manufacturing Sector," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 52(3), pages 539-59, July.
  2. Sarker, Debnarayan & Das, Nimai, 2001. "Women’s Participation in Forestry: Some Theoretical and Empirical Issues," MPRA Paper 14804, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Barbara Piazza-Georgi, 2002. "The role of human and social capital in growth: extending our understanding," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, vol. 26(4), pages 461-479, July.
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  1. Das, Nimai, 2009. "Understanding of Social Capital in Gender-based Participatory JFM Programme: An Evidence from West Bengal," MPRA Paper 15304, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Das, Nimai & Sarker, Debnarayan, 2008. "Moral Hazard Problem for Rural Labour Households under JFMP: A Study from Forest Dependent Groups in West Bengal," MPRA Paper 15230, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Das, Nimai & Sarker, Debnarayan, 2008. "Analysis of Risk Behavior of Households: Evidence from Gender Sensitive JFM Programme in West Bengal," MPRA Paper 15220, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Abhilas Pradhan & Rabinarayan Patra, 2013. "Heterogeneity, collective action and management sustainability in common property forest resources: case study from the Indian state Odisha," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, vol. 15(4), pages 979-997, August.
  5. Das, Nimai & Sarker, Debnarayan, 2008. "Social Capital and Network Externalities: Evidence from Gender Sensitive JFM Programme in West Bengal," MPRA Paper 15232, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Das, Nimai, 2009. "Can Joint Forest Management Programme Sustain Rural Life: A Livelihood Analysis from Community-based Forest Management Groups," MPRA Paper 15305, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Das, Nimai & Sarker, Debnarayan, 2008. "Study on Forest Dependent Households under a Household Model Framework," MPRA Paper 15328, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Das, Nimai & Sarker, Debnarayan, 2008. "Distributional Aspect of Forest Income: A Study on JFM and non-JFM Forest Dependent Households," MPRA Paper 15330, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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